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Snowbunny21
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   Posted 8/3/2011 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey my wonderful peeps! Hope everyone is having a low pain day...
 
I read on a few posts...so I apologize for not remembering exactly all the names...but those whom have had their metal removed because of issues of allergic reactions or other reasons..
 
I am curious to know what types of things were going on that they attributed to the metal itself..
 
I have titanium...and a lot of it because my last cervical fusion was not just the two levels...but they went in anterior and posterior so I am plated on front and back...and rods and screws..
 
I have noticed that I have many tiny slightly red bumps all over my face, neck and very upper back all around the incision site. They don't itch...and it's not acne...as I wash my face twice daily and have never had this issue before ....But they seemed to have developed in the last two years...
 
I was thinking that I was having reaction to the water in my apt. building...but it doesn't effect the rest of my body...but I thought maybe because of washing my face...But now the last year I live in a different place with a different water supply...still there...I tried a bunch of different lotions...shampoos..etc over the years thinking it might be this..
 
But now..I'm wondering if it may be the titanium and my body just having enough? I haven't asked the Dr. yet as I see him next time in Sept. (every 3 months) and will do so then...but it really didn't occur to me until now when I've read about those having their metal taken out.
 
While it's very frustrating and embarassing..it looks like a rash almost...but again..no itching..
 
So anyway...just wanted to see thoughts and what others who have had theirs removed and why.
 
Thanks so much!!

Post Edited (Snowbunny21) : 8/3/2011 3:55:55 PM (GMT-6)


NiNi53
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   Posted 8/3/2011 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree it is certainly something to ask your doctor about.  I to wonder if the hardware that is but in our bodies will at sometime in the future be on some ambulance chasing lawyers tv  advertisment.lol, but not really.  There is nothing funny about it.
 
I am going to have this useless piece of metal removed from my back in Sept. or Oct. before its gets cold and with enough time to completely heal before my baby girl gets married June 2012.
 
Good luck to you Snow, you might have something there.
 
Take care, hope you are feeling well today.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 8/3/2011 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Nini!...Are you talking about your SCS implant? Or are you getting other metal removed from your lumbar surgery?

I hope that you will be in a good place by your daughter's wedding next year...What a fun thing to plan and look forward to:)
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

NiNi53
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   Posted 8/3/2011 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Sorry I was not more specific, I only have one piece of metal, its the small implant with lead wires that were supposed to well that was what was needs to decrease my pain which is mostly in my lower back, but as I am sure you know it (the pain) eventually finds other place to torment us.
 
It is fun planning with my daughter, I didnt think I would enjoy it, but its great joy to see her so happy.
 
Thank you and take care hope you are feeling well today and all days.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

White Beard
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   Posted 8/3/2011 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Snowbunny
 
I suppose it could be the  hardware that is causing the rash on your face and back of your neck but I think it very unlikely. Since your hardware is internal I would think that if you were having a reaction to the titanium then it would be more a systemic type of reaction rather than such a localized one like you are having. It is possible, I guess, but I would just about bet it is something else. Anyway unless the pins and rod and brackets really need to come out, I know for myself I am leaving them in, I know what I went through getting them put in and I do not want to go through anything even if it is not close to that to get them out! I have had enough surgeries on my neck! You know Snowbunny you might want to have a dermatologist take a look at the rash and see what they say.  Just a thought????
 
I do wish you well and hope that this works out for you!
 
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bsjaguar
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   Posted 8/4/2011 6:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I have metal allergies and when I do get against some metal that sets off a reaction the area always itches.  I get like very small water blisters that break open when scratched but it is very hard not to scratch when it itches so bad.  I agree with WB that if it was the metal the problem would be more internal than on the outer skin.  I would try something like calamine lotion or hydrocortizone creme for a time and if this doesn't help I'd see a dermatologist.  Let us know what you find out.

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 8/4/2011 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone! I knew I could get some great advice on here! Yes...the dermatologist is my next step after I figured out whether it could be the metal or not...

And I agree WB...that even if they did say it was the cause...it's not a big enough reason for me to take it out as after the two failed fusions...I don't think my neck would stay upright without it! LOL...

I was thinking more along the line that if they found this to be why...they could give something that possible counteracted the rash...

Jaguar...I am lucky that they don't itch at all...they are just very tiny, tiny red spots everywhere...

The only other time I had a rash on my trunk and neck was when I got Dengue Fever from one of my mission trips to Africa...But that was with a very high fever and was on death's door...so I'm blessed this is something minor!

Again...thanks so much for the help...I just was trying to see any correlation before I see my Dr. and make an appt. to the Dermatologist..I don't have insurance so I need to save up for that visit in the next months..

Hugs to you all (( ))
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 8/5/2011 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Snowbunny

I had plate and screws in my tibis due to a vertical fracture. I experienced unrelenting pain and I couldnt put any weight on that leg for months after the leg had the metal placed. I kept complaining to trauma doctor and then he sent me to a dermatologist for metal testing. After 4 days i foynd out that I was allergic to nickel, titanium, and gold.

So 1 month after that test my hardware was removed. pain is less in tibia but it takes 6 months for complete healing of all the holes where the screws were placed.

See a dermatologist.

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 8/5/2011 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Betsy for sharing your story...I'm glad that they were able to figure it out and it ended up better by taking out the metal..

I am definitely going to save up in the next months to see a Dermatologist.

Hope you are having a low pain day!
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 
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